Amy Hodgson-Bright, PhD

Academic Centre
I have a PhD in English from the University of Alberta. I have written two novels for young adults. My teaching pedagogy aims to foster critical learning skills in students through both print-based and non-print-based texts, and to encourage them to be self-sufficient learners, readers and writers.
Creative Writing
Children's and Young Adult Literature

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience

I have eight years of teaching experience at Lethbridge College including:

Writing for Children and Young Adults (Fall 20, Fall 21); Composition DL (Fall 21); Composition (Fall 14, Fall 15, Fall 16, Winter 19, Fall 19, Winter 20, Fall 20, Winter 21, Fall 21); Introduction to Creative Writing (Winter 21); Scientific and Technical Writing (Fall 17, Winter 18, Fall 18, Winter 19, Fall 19, Winter 20, Fall 20); Business Writing DL (Summer 16, Fall 16, Winter 17, Summer 17, Fall 17, Winter 18, Summer 18, Fall 19, Winter 19, Summer 19, Fall 19, Winter 20, Summer 20, Fall 20); Business Communication (Fall 15, Winter 16, Fall 16, Winter 17, Fall 17, Winter 18, Fall 19); Business Writing (Fall 14, Fall 15).

Industry Work

I have 10 years experience as a freelance editor.


2023 SSHRC Exchange Grant, “Find Your Voice: Author Visits and Conference Activity at Lethbridge College,” Lethbridge College

2022-2023 SSHRC Explore Grant, “Creating Opportunities for Lethbridge College Students' Writing and Publication: Launching a Student-Run Literary Magazine,” Lethbridge College

2020-2021 SSHRC Exchange Grant, “Sparking Interest in Literacy – Author Visits as a Tool to Enhance Learning, Motivation, and Connection,” Lethbridge College

2019 SoTL Grant, “Creating Engaging and Meaningful Reading Experiences in a Business Communication Course,” Lethbridge College"


Academic Credentials

PhD English, University of Alberta (2016)
MA English, University of Victoria (2011)
BA English (Honours), Mount Allison University (2010)


Book Chapters

2017 “Multimodal Forms: Examining Text, Image, and Visual Literacy in Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.” Teaching Comics Through Multiple Lenses: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Crag Hill. New York: Routledge. 30-45.

Refereed Journal Articles

2013 “Evaluating Text and Image Ratios in Recent Young Adult Literature.” International Journal of Comic Art. 15.1 (2013): 146-162.

2012 "Writing Bridges: How Writers Scaffold Mature Content in YA Literature."" The ALAN Review (Winter 2013): 37-46.

2011 “Writing Homer, Reading Riordan: Intertextual Study in Contemporary Adolescent Literature.” The Journal of Children’s Literature 37 (2011): 38-47.

2011 With Deborah Wills. “‘On the Cusp’: Liminality and Adolescence in Arthur Slade’s Dust, Bill Richardson’s After Hamelin, and Kit Pearson’s Awake and Dreaming.” Studies in Canadian Literature 26 (2011): 100-123.


2014 Swimmers. Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2014. Young adult novel.

2012 Before We Go. Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2012. Young adult novel.

Conference Presentations

“Author Visits, Peer Review Groups, and Structured Feedback – Activities to Support Creative Writing for and About Young People.” 2020. Conference for Young Adult Literature Louisiana. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.  Nov. 13.

“Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls: A Mentor Text for Quickwrites, Journal Entries, and Essay Writing with Adolescents and Young Adults.” 2018. Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature. University of Nevada College of Education, Las Vegas, NV. June 14-16.

“Multimodal Forms: Examining Text, Image, and Visual Literacy in Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.” 2016. Children’s Literature Association Conference, Columbus, OH. June 9-11.

“Introducing Graphic Hybrids in Middle and High School English Classrooms.” 2013. National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Boston, MA.

“Teaching Challenging and Mature Books in High School Classrooms.” 2013. The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE, Boston, MA. November.

“Writing Bridges – Writers Scaffold Mature Content with Literary Technique in Recent YA Literature.” 2012. National Council of Teachers of English, Las Vegas, NV. November.

“Why Teens Read: The Case for Imaginative Realism.” 2011. International Reading Association Convention, Orlando, FL. May.